South Korea President Moon wants train route to North by end of year

The South Korean president has called for the creation of road and rail links between his country and North Korea by the end of the year.
Moon Jae-in proposed creating a “Northeast Asian railroad community” between the two Koreas, the United States and four unnamed parties in a speech marking the 73rd anniversary of the end of Japanese colonial rule on the Korean peninsula. The presidential office later said the other partners would include China, Russia, Japan and Mongolia.

Singapore says Malaysia hasn’t asked for Jho Low’s jet back yet

Singapore police said on Tuesday an aircraft linked to an investigation into a multibillion scandal at Malaysian state fund 1MDB was in the city state but Malaysia had not made a formal request for its return.
Singapore authorities had not previously confirmed that the US$35-million private jet, which Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said he is trying to repossess, was there.
Aviation services firm Jet Aviation said on Monday a jet, which the US Department of Justice alleges was…

Carrie Lam appeals for Philippine president Duterte’s ‘personal attention’ in case of Hong Kong man serving 40-year jail sentence

The city’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has called on Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to urge immigration authorities to hasten their search for records that may support a Hong Kong man’s appeal against his 40-year jail sentence.
Tang Lung-wai, 47, has been languishing in New Bilibid prison outside Manila for 18 years. He entered the Philippines as a tourist in June 2000 to meet a friend, but was arrested the next month for a drug offence.
It took 11 years for his case to…

Chinese man arrested as Cambodia seizes record ecstasy haul hidden in pet food boxes

Cambodian authorities seized nearly 100 kilograms of ecstasy hidden in pet food shipments from Germany, police said Monday, after charging a Chinese national in connection with the record haul.
The suspect, identified as Yao Zeye, was arrested on August 7 after coming to the Phnom Penh central post office to pick up the boxes, said National Anti-Drugs Authority deputy secretary general Mok Chito.
In total 98 kilograms of MDMA pills – better known as ecstasy – were discovered in the…

Malaysia has Jho Low’s yacht. Now it wants his US$35 million jet

Malaysia is seeking to repossess a US$35 million private jet owned by financier Low Taek Jho as part of investigations into a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said.
The financier, also known as Jho Low, bought the Bombardier Global 5000 jet for US$35.4 million in 2010 using funds allegedly taken from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said.
Authorities in Malaysia and the United States are investigating how…

Bui Tin, Vietnam communist war hero turned dissident, dies aged 90

A Vietnamese former colonel and revolutionary war hero who became disillusioned with the communist regime and defected, becoming one of its most vocal and influential critics, died in France at age 90.
Bui Tin passed away of kidney failure in hospital in a Paris suburb early Saturday, his friend and a relative confirmed, after several weeks of declining health.
“The hospital told me that Tin passed away after falling into a coma,” close acquaintance Tuong An said on Sunday. A…

Tens of thousands flee as flooding swamps Philippine capital

More than 54,000 people were moved to safer ground in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, while calls for help swamped social media as monsoon rain triggered floods reminiscent of Typhoon Ketsana, which killed hundreds of people in Metro Manila in 2009.
Marikina City implemented forced evacuations affecting at least 21,000 people after its river, the catch basin of water flowing from the mountains, reached critical level. In nearby Rizal province, 19,000 people were moved. “The…

Thai child bride returns from Malaysia after outcry

An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week after widespread outrage over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official said on Saturday.
Malaysian Muslims below the age of 16 are allowed to wed with the permission of religious courts but the union between the girl and the 41-year-old trader went viral on social media and reignited calls to end child marriage.
The ceremony took place in June over the border in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south in Narathiwat…